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Manny Pacquiao Barged In On His Father Eating His Pet Dog When He Was 12

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It’s a dad eat dog world out there. 




When Manny Pacquiao was just a child, he sailed away from home to sell donuts on the street because he caught his father eating his pet dog.

I had a little dog, it got killed by a friend of my dad and then he [dad] ate it. I was 12 years of age, it was a tough childhood. – Manny Pacquiao

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Adversity builds champions. Can you think of any fighters that have had easy lives? Whether you’re growing up in a favela like Jose Aldo, robbing drug dealers like Mike Tyson, or watching your dad eat your best friend like a poor 12 year old Manny Pacquiao, it’s these early experiences that help shape fighters into champions.

After he saw his father eating his dog, Manny took a boat to Santos City where he spent what little money he had on a large box of donuts. He sold those donuts individually on the streets while sleeping on cardboard boxes to save up enough money to join a junior boxing program, where he was able to find accomodating and to move off the streets.

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For some contrast, while Manny was sleeping on cardboard boxes and selling donuts just to make ends meet, his upcoming opponent Floyd Mayweather was born into a dynasty family of professional boxers. That’s not to say that the young Mayweather had a charmed life at all, he would come home from school to his small bedroom shared with 7 others, often without electricity, to find heroin needles laying around the home and ultimately to find his mother passed away from aids.

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Here’s a puppy that kind of looks like Manny to cheer you up.

 





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